In this series of articles, I will highlight along the way several aspects of using the HTC Hero, and some conclusions I’ve made about the Android platform as a whole. Today, I am going to talk about the applications that I use on a daily basis.
Jupiter Broadcasting, the group of guys behind the Linux Computer Action Show, CastaBlasta and a range of other great internet entertainment announced a few months ago that they were giving away a Popcorn Hour media player to one lucky YouTube subscriber.
They announced the winner on Friday:
And that lucky winner was…Me! I’m super excited about this great prize for several reasons.
Currently, we consume our movies and television shows on my wife’s Macbook. This is a pretty great setup, but it can become a little uncomfortable at times. With the Popcorn Hour, we can now watch all of our media on the TV in our room. And I do mean ALL of our media:
- and more
We don’t own an HDTV, but this is thing is capable of pumping out 1080p signal. This will be great when we want to watch something over at my dad’s (he owns a GIANT Sony Bravia HDTV). Whereas previously we would have had to resample an AVI video and burn it to a DVD to experience it at my dad’s house, now I can throw a hard drive in the Popcorn Hour and lug it on down to his house.
I can’t wait to review this unit, and really get down in the trenches with its functionality.
Here is a roundup of those tweaks that I’ve used to gain significant performance on my obsolete iBook G4. Follow these to speed up your PowerPC Mac.
I have been a Mac user from the time that I was toddling around our home office. I’ve dabbled in the other major platforms, but have always seemed to come back to the Mac for its ease-of-use and rich application environment.
In 2005, I purchased an iBook G4 for my wife’s use. She had never used a Mac, and she was cautious; but she has since seen the light and save for her work environment and gaming, she uses her Mac exclusively.
In 2007, after running rock-solid for two years, we developed a fried DC in board, and we finally decided to upgrade to an Intel-based Macbook. It was no easy feat, but I replaced the DC in board on the iBook, and suddenly I had myself a laptop to use on a regular basis.
To say that the iBook is underpowered would be a gross understatement. Even though all applications that live on OS X today are universal binaries, even the newest applications begin to bog the system down.
I maxed out the RAM (at only 1.5Gb) and replaced the hard drive with a 5400 RPM drive, but this still didn’t solve the speed issues I was experiencing.
So, I did what any self-respecting (and financially broke) geek would do and scoured the web for any small tweak that I could make to cause the system to run a little smoother.
Here is a roundup of those tweaks that I’ve used to gain significant performance on my near-obsolete iBook G4.
Have you ever had one of those days where it seems that everything that could possibly go wrong does? As Murphy’s Law states:
Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
This seems truer today than ever in my life. It seems it’s a matter of the Universe trying to tell me something, and I’m not sure if I’m really ready to hear what it has to say.